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We review Costco’s fourth quarter and full year results and the challenges it is seeing with higher costs, shipping capacity and labour shortages.

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We review Sobeys’ first quarter performance as it lapped the surge in demand from last year, and the outlook for the coming months as it pushes ahead with its growth programme, Project Horizon. First quarter key numbers Total sales up 3.7% to $7.6bn, supported by the acquisition of Longo’s Same-store sales (ex-fuel) decreased by 2.2%; on a two-year stacked basis, same-store sales were up...
In our 2021 sustainability trends report, which subscribers can access here , we highlighted four trends shaping the way retailers are approaching the topic. The trends include reducing plastic packaging, partnering to win, supporting communities and sustainable stores. Given the recent focus on reducing plastic packaging from many companies globally, in our packaging free the global opportu...
As part of its partnership with Ghost Kitchen Brands, Walmart has opened its first ghost kitchen at its store in Rochester, New York. Bringing new brands to the market Through this partnership, shoppers at the store will be able to make a one-stop meal pickup, or order for delivery, from up to 25 well-known foodservice brands. These include several brands which are new to Ghost Kitchens’ ro...

Presentations

01/10/2021
The lines between grocery retail and healthcare are increasingly blurring and delivering a holistic proposition is essential as shoppers’ views of their health evolve.
22/09/2021
An in-depth review of the retailer's current and future performance, including an update on its strategic priorities and what this means for suppliers.
17/09/2021
Walmart's president and CEO, Doug McMillon, shares his perspectives on current trading, business priorities and the retailer's evolution. We look at 10 key issues, what they mean for your business and the implications as you plan ahead.
13/09/2021
A guide to the retailer and its operations today. Updated quarterly to include latest information on performance, strategic developments, marketing initiatives, key personnel and must see stores.

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Canada country presentation

This guide to Canada explores the key trends in grocery retail, the outlook for the country’s differing channels to 2022 and the growth strategies of its leading retailers.

North America retail outlook 2021: performance to date

We look at how the market has been performing and assess whether the trends we highlighted at the start of the year remain relevant in the USA and Canada. The report also details the sales performance of the leading retailers as they come up against last year's surge in demand.

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